Meet the 4 companies that control the 147 companies that control nearly everything

by SuperCharged2000

The real power to control the world lies with four companies:

McGraw-Hill — which owns Standard & Poor’s

Northwestern Mutual — which owns Russell Investments, the index arm of which runs the benchmark Russell 1,000 and Russell 3,000

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CME Group — which owns 90% of Dow Jones Indexes

Barclay’s — which took over Lehman Brothers and its Lehman Aggregate Bond Index, the dominant world bond fund index.

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Together, these four firms dominate the world of indexing. And in turn, that means they hold real sway over the world’s money.


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